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Burger King & The First 10 Miami Locations

Here's a very short history about Burger King in Miami.
Burger King Logo from 1955 - 1968

Burger King Logo from 1955 – 1968

If you live in Miami and drive with any frequency to the Airport or Miami Beach, I will assume you’ve seen the Burger King building located right off of the Dolphin Expressway (SR836) on the NW 57th Street exit. I would also like to assume that you know that Burger King has been headquartered in Miami since 1959 and that it was initially called Insta-Burger King when it was founded in Jacksonville, FL, in 1953. But maybe you don’t.

The first Insta-Burger King location in Miami, FL, opened on December 4th, 1954, at 3090 NW 36th Street. It’s no longer there at that same spot; the #1 was moved down the street to 3601 NW 27th Avenue.

Of the original 10 Burger King locations, seven are still operational in the same spots they opened in the 1950s.


The First 10 Burger Kings in Miami:

  1. 3090 NW 36th Street –  now Cladd Motors
  2. 6091 SW 8th Street – now La Palma Restaurant
  3. 8995 NW 7th Avenue – now a Snapper’s
  4. 30390 S Dixie Hwy (Homestead)
  5. 7975 NW 27th Avenue
  6. 9201 South Federal Highway (Pinecrest)
  7. 3051 Coral Way
  8. 18240 South Dixie Highway (Perrine)
  9. 891 W. 49th Street (Hialeah)
  10. 600 E 9 St (Hialeah)

One last fast fact that might interest you, the Whopper, was not always on the menu. The Whopper was the creation of David Edgerton & James McLamore in 1957. It sold for 37 cents. They brought Insta-Burger King to Miami in 1954 and eventually became the co-founders of the Burger King brand a few years later.

When you were a kid, what was your favorite Burger King Burger?

Burger King’s Double Cheeseburger was mine

Source info: All about the Burger: A History of America’s Favorite Sandwich


Added BONUS

The original Insta-Burger King in Jacksonville

Stan’s Sandwich now stands in that location

Cheeseburger from Stan’s Sandwich

Comments (19):

  1. jimwinters

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    the first neon rotosphere was directly across the street at a car lot too, coincidentally

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  2. Gus P.

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    Wasn’t bk on sw 8 street and. 2Nd ave Bk #2?

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    • I wasn’t around back then but as per James McLamore’s book The Burger King, BK #2 was at 6091 SW 8th Street

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  3. Miami Don

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    When I was a teenager a Double Whopper with Cheese really hit the spot.

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  4. Carlos_Miller

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    I believe La Palma was also a Royal Castle at one point. Never knew it was a BK. I grew up in that neighborhood.

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  5. irenecharlie

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    My favorite burger meal: Two Cheeseburgers with ketsup, Onion and Pickle only and a small fry. Yummmmmm!

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  6. Redd

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    I believe the first was in West Palm Beach on Dixie Highway. Originally called The Burger King, It even had the Burger King character, and existed before Insta Burger.

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  7. Lee Irwin

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    i thought one of the first was at about 1350 nw 27th Ave, Miam

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  8. Mikey7a

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    I was born and spent the first 13 years of my life on 34St. and 32 ave NW Miami. Our Elementary school was called Melrose. It was 2 blocks behind Store #1. I had my 13th birthday party there. I was telling my wife that we lived down the street from the first Burger King, she called me a liar, so glad this article was written.

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  9. Mario.

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    My father in law was Mr Mclamore’s attorney and prepared the incorporation papers for Burger King here in Miami.

    He also felt the Whaler was a better sandwich than the Filet-o- Fish , but he may have been biased.

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  10. Jim Webster

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    Once I had a car during my senior year at Miami Edison High School (1962-63), my friends and I got away often during lunch break to the Burger King at NW 54th St. and 7th Avenue.

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  11. Hank

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    The 9201 S. Federal/Dixie/US1 location was my neighborhood location. When it was the original building for a while it had a sliding screen window on the north side where you could order from your car (the dining room was on the south side of the building)-sort of a proto-drive thru.

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    • I just saw a picture of a Burger King with that type of sliding window.

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  12. Boone Barnes

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    My mother always said she went to high school (Edison) with the guy who founded Burger King. Our local BK was #8 on South Dixie in Perrine (not Palmetto Bay).

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  13. Hamilton Burger

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    The one we could ride our bikes to near our house in South Miami was on the east side of South Dixie at about 84th Street. My brother and I didn’t go there because we preferred the Royal Castle a few blocks up the road.

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  14. Juan

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    The one in South Hialeah on 9th Street is not the original location. It was on 6th Avenue.

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    • Juan, the addresses were taken from James McLamore’s book the Burger King. I went back and checked through some newspaper archives and found that you were correct. Thanks, I updated the address.

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